Justworks.org

Support for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

The submission window for grant applications is now closed. Stay in the know with the latest updates on the Justworks.org grantee process.

Subscribe For Updates

Justworks.org is committed to leveling the playing field for early-stage minority- and women-owned businesses.

We realize that, in many cases, underrepresented entrepreneurs face additional barriers to success — like disparities in opportunity along race, gender, sexual orientation, and other socioeconomic lines — that make access to the fundamentals of entrepreneurship a major obstacle in realizing their potential.

The grant program

In 2022, we will honor our commitment by awarding $50,000 grants to five non-profit organizations that work to support underrepresented entrepreneurs reach their goals and their potential. Submit your application for consideration to be awarded a grant.

Submission details

  • Submit your application for consideration to be awarded a grant

  • Only one proposal per organization is permitted per cycle

  • The submission window for grant applications will open May 3, 2022 and will close May 27, 2022 at 6:00pm ET

  • The grant process is subject to Terms and Conditions

Finalist selection

The finalists will be contacted in early July 2022. The $25,000 will be distributed upon final grantee selection, with the remaining $25,000 distributed following a check-in and report on how funds are being used.

Justworks.org Mission

Justworks has committed 1% of the company’s equity and profits to removing unfair barriers for underrepresented entrepreneurs.

High-impact grantmaking

Supporting incubators and other non-profit organizations that help underrepresented founders access the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

Business incubation

Building our own incubator for minority- and women-owned startups that serve the small business community — a traditionally underserved market that Justworks specializes in.

Product accessibility

Making tools and services more accessible, inclusive, and valuable for MWBE businesses.

Frequently asked questions

Who makes a good grant candidate?

We’re looking for innovative nonprofits with effective approaches to supporting underrepresented founders in getting their businesses off the ground. We're open to ideas of any scale and creativity level. Submit your application for consideration to be awarded one of five grants of $50,000. The grant process is subject to Terms and Conditions.

Who can apply?

Applications are only open to 501(c)(3) organizations located in the 50 U.S. states/D.C who are supporting underrepresented founders of early-stage businesses. Support can be through grants, education, technical assistance, access to capital, in-kind resources (i.e. working space, skilled volunteerism, etc.). Of particular interest are organizations that are helping to fight systemic racism. We do not accept applications from organizations that are fiscally sponsored.

How do I apply?

To apply for funding, complete and submit all required information through the program application.

When is the submission deadline?

Submissions will be accepted until May 27th, 2022 at 6:00pm ET.

How will submissions be judged?

Submissions will be graded on specific criteria including how funds will be used, expected outcomes, and methods used to measure and track success. For more detailed criteria, please see the Terms and Conditions.

Can I submit multiple proposals?

Only one proposal per organization is permitted per grant cycle.

When will finalists be chosen and contacted?

Justworks will reach out to all applicants in early July 2022.

How will the funds be distributed?

$25,000 will be distributed upon final grantee selection, with the remaining $25,000 distributed following a check-in and report on how funds are being used.

Are there limitations on how I can spend the grant?

Grant money must be spent by the recipient 501(c)(3) organizations to support underrepresented founders of early-stage businesses. Support can be through grants, education, technical assistance, access to capital, in-kind resources (i.e. working space, skilled volunteerism, etc.).